10 Maintenance Things Every Driver Should Know How To Do

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Keeping up with routine maintenance means longer life and fewer issues for your vehicle. While most maintenance is done at our Cartersville-area service center, there are automotive services that can be performed at home, if you know what to look for. We have a list of 10 automotive maintenance tips to help you check your vehicle at home. However, when you need a major maintenance check done, refer to your owner’s manual to see the recommended maintenance schedule, and contact our service center.

What You Need To Know

  1. Know the Manual: The owner’s manual is the key to checking everything works properly and to keep your vehicle running smoothly for longer.
  2. Inspect the Vehicle: Review the owner’s manual to learn about the things you should be able to identify. It won’t be long before you know the signs of leaks, flat tires, and more that you can have fixed before it becomes more serious.
  3. Check Your Tires: Invest in a tire pressure gauge. This will make monitoring your vehicle’s tire pressure a breeze. Test your tires to ensure they are at the recommended levels and check the tread for signs of wear at home using a penny. When you place the penny with Lincoln’s head facing down, if you can see all of the head, your tires need to be replaced.
  4. Check the Engine Oil Level: This oil helps reduce friction, overheating, and excessive wear in the engine. Check the oil levels, as well as the color of the oil. A darker color indicated a change is needed.
  5. Check the Engine Coolant: Refer to your owner’s manual to see where the coolant reservoir is located. Then simply make sure the coolant levels are where they need to be.
  6. Inspect the Engine Air Filter: Check the engine air filter to ensure there’s no debris clogging the filter. If it’s clogged or dirty, be sure to replace it
  7. Use the Right Fuel: Each model has a recommended octane rating. Pay attention to this rating when filling up at the pump. Using a lower level octane fuel can cause a ‘knocking’ sound.
  8. Inspect Light Bulbs: Being able to see at night and having others be able to see you is essential. Regularly check each bulb and replace the ones that are not working.
  9. Inspect the Windshield Wipers: There’s nothing worse than driving in bad weather conditions when your windshield wipers aren’t working properly. Learn how to check your vehicle’s windshield wipers as well as how to replace them.
  10. Keep Track of Maintenance: Whether this means writing down the last time you brought your model in for an oil change or when you last changed the bulbs, it’s important to keep track of when these tasks were completed so you can better manage future routine maintenance checks.

Learn More at Riverside Chevy Cadillac

Keep your vehicle’s maintenance in check when you learn these simple maintenance checks, or you can schedule your appointment online. Our technicians at waiting to help with all of your automotive needs. Be sure to see our service specials so your next service appointment is more affordable. Contact us with any questions you have!

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